FOOTBALL. FORECAST COMPETITION. The conditions are as follows :—Every week the sum of One Pound is offered to the person who sends to the Editor the actual forecast of the results of the matches given for competition the preceding week, and in the event of no one giving the actual scores the sum of Ten Shilling's will be given to the person who predicts nearest the actual scores. Each person competing must use the coupon to be found on this page. No old coupon will be allowed, neither will any recognition be given to forecasts other than on the proper coupon. Each competitor must cut out the coupon, and fill in the scores, and forward in a sealed envelope to the Editor, COUNTY TIMES Office, Welshpool," by whom it must be received not late)- than first p. on Saturday morning in each week, the envelope to be endorsed Competition." Four points will be allowed for an actual result, three points for a result one goal out, two points for two goals out, and one point for three goals out. In the case of a draw the same conditions will apply. No point is allowed if the wrong team is given to win. One or more forecasts may be sent in by the same person but in each case the correct coupon must be used. The Editor's award is in all cases final. The following are the matches for competition on December 3rd; coupons must reach the head effice, not later than first post on that date, other- wise they will be disqualified. Competitors may, to save postage, hand in their coupons personally at the head office, Welshpool; or at the branch offices, Chalybeate Street, Aberystwyth, and 3, Church Srreet, Towyn; also at Mr J. Griiffths'rs, 37, Broad Street, Newtown. In the three latter cases, however, they must be handed in before noon on the day previous. RESULTS OF SATURDAY'S COMPETITION. White Star Wan. 7 Oswestry 0 Newtown 0 Iron-Bridge 0 Wem 3 Wrockwardine 0 Small Heath .10 Druids 2 The consolation prize has been won, with eight Points by Walter Jones, 42, Queen street, Aberystwyth.
NOTES ON FOOTBALL. Dolgelley oa Saturday managed to win their match with Shrewsbury Barracks by 4 goals to nil, which is a very creditable result to the players. As was said last week the form displayed by Dolgelley against Towyn the previous Saturday was a good augury. The team was never better than it is now, and even Towyn fellows feel that they did well in managing a draw with them. The referee was Mr Evans from Oswestry, a very fair gentleman The game was gentlemanly and well-contested, but Barnum's Show having lately visited the ground it was in an awful state. It is hoped that Dolgelley will secure the next fixture at home. On Saturday the Barmouth youths journeyed to Dolgelley to play the Reserves of that place on the Fronhenlog enclosure. The homesters won the toss and elected to play up hill. Lewis started the game the opening exchanges being in favour of the visitors but the homesters gradually bore them back and in turn attacked. After 15 minutes' play from a pass by J. Jones, Hugh Davies managed to score. Play of an excited description followed and both custodians had good shots to stop which they did with e -edit. Half-time arrived with the score Barmouth one, Dolgelley nil. The Reserves played to advantage at the commencement of the second half and a hot fusilade followed, but the defence was impregnable. The visitors shortly afterwards made a determined attack, the homest,es again repulsing all their efforts. Soon afterwards the homesters gained the upper hand and from a long shot from mid-fteld R. Evans equalised. W. Roberts subsequently put in a second point and the game ended in favour of Dolgelley Reserves by two goals to one. A Towyn supporter writes as follows :—Towyn last Saturday fulfilled their fixture with Machyn- lleth in splendid weather. Towyn were fully re- presented, again having the old veteran Bill Jones between the posts. He however did not play up to the excellence of last 3eason; in fact he made a very poor show. Some of the goals which passed him should certainly have been stopped. I was not pleased with the manner Dr Davies performed the duties of referee. That the old International has not followed the game was evident, as some rules have come in force which he seems to know but very little about. He should also use more stringent measures to put down rough play. The Machyn- lleth Committee would do well to have their ground the proper length, as it was 30 yards less than the minimum length and nearly 15 yards less in breadth. It should also be properly marked and lined. The smallness of the playing ground, I have no doubt, was the reason the Towyn players failed to show to advantage, and were unable to 8 re an exhibition of the game to the home team. .1. lab Towyn men on several occasions put in some lwgnificent shots, the majority of which went over the posts. Taking the players, although I don't think one was better than the other, Gladstone was Undoubtedly watched, he having two half-backs to Contend with. I should advise Bob Jones to play the ball a little more instead of the man, as he on several occasions kept the Towyn goal in danger by keeping the ball in the corner and making for the man. David Lewis should shoot when in shooting range and not pass too often when in front of goal. Joe Edwards has now had a regular partner in George Davies, and together I have no doubt they will make an excellent pair of left wingers. Now, there will be plenty of "combination, dash and determination on that wing. Poor Joe had a hard time of it last year. His partner was changed at nearly every match, and what a disadvantage that is I need not say. E. L. Jones always plays well, Mason, Hughes and Daniel, are first class half- backs, Lewis Pughe can always be depended upon for a good game. Next Saturday Portmadoc will be visited. I hope the team will be favoured with fine weather, and that a good number of spectators will journey with them.
+ FRIENDLY MATCHES. U.C.W. V. PORTMADOC.-These teams met in a friendly encounter on the College ground on Satur- day, before a poor attendance. Mr Ruston officiated as referee, and had charge of the following:- U.C.W.: Goal, Barrett; backs, L R Roose and Pring half-backs, Johnson, Nash, and Wordsworth; forwards, M H Jones, Williams, H H Williams, Madden, and Thompson. Portmadoe Goal, A. Jones; backs, N Hughes and Jones; half-backs, G Davies, J Williams, and R Edwards; forwards, R Edwards, E Jones, D Williams, T Owen, and D. Roberts. The Collegians won the toss and elected to play down the incline. The game opened very tamely, neither side showing anything like good play. The College right wing were the first to be prominent, Jones sending in a good shot, which was successfully dealt with by the visitors' custodian. Portmadoc at length got away, but Roose was safe and transferred to the other end. The College pressed and forced two corners in quick -uccession. Both were accurately placed by Words. worth, but the visitors' custodian saved finely The College still pressed, but Hughes and Jones defended well. Thomoson sent in a splendid shot. which was returned by Jones. Portmadoc were still kept on the defensive, a clinking shot from H. H. Williams striking the cross-bar. A free-kiox nicely placed by Roose was nearly sent t hrongh by M. H. Jones. Another corner fell to the Collegians, which was so nicely placed by Wordsworth ) hat M. H. Jones bad little difficulty in opening the score. The homesters now played up much better, and P, rbmadoc w 're kept close in their own goal A second goal was not long coming. Madden scoring a somewhat simple goal. The visitors now livened up considerably, and getting well up troubled the home defence for a time. After some mid-field play Por'mad'lc again got into the home territory and Roberts scored a clever goal. Half-time arrived with the score 2 to 1 in favour of the College. On resuming Portmadoc pressed and the home defence was kept busy, Roose being prominent with some huge kicking, and on one occasion he landed the ball nearly on the road, several minutes being wasted before the ball could be returned. No further Bcoring took place, and the game ended :— College, 2 goals; Portmadoc, 1. TOWYN V. MACHTN LLETH. -Played at Machyn. lleth on Saturday afternoon in ideal weather and before a nice sprinkling of spectators, who proved to be a very noisy and clattering lot before the curtain fell. There was not a little excitement in the town, as the Towynites are well known as tough fighters and very difficult to upset; and so it proved, for a right sturdy game was played from beginning to end. The field, which was in splendid condition, and the use of which is kindly given by the genial Dr Davies, is, I regret to say, some distance from the town. Were it a bit nearer the "gathering of the nations" would be, I have no doubt, much larger. A better bit of turf cannot be desired, and as it cannot very well be trans- ferred and carried bodily nearer the city an effort must be made to get another enclosure as soon and as near as possible. The admission fee to the arena was 2d, modest enough in all conscience for the game was well worth 6d, while some of the remarks of the excited spectators were worth much more, with a good pinch of salt put in. I was rather late in arriving on the scene. of action and as I had three out of the eight boundary flags in my hand I came in for some sharp comment from the referee. The men were marshalled in tl),If,)Ilowiuv order:—Towyn Goal, W Jones backs, R W Jones and L W Pugh; half-backs, E H Daniel, Ted Hughes, and A E Mason; forwards, E L Jones, D Lewis, W E G Davies, G Davies, and Joe Edward* Machynlleth: Goal, G Ffoulke Roberts; backs, Owen Morris and George Evans; half-backs, R Humphreys, D Lloyd Roberts, and W Evans; for- wards, G Weaver, J Edwards, Robert Humphreys, T Lloyd Roberts, and J 0 Holt. Referee, Dr Davies; linesmen, Mr J W Davies (Towyn) and Mr Russell. When I landed on the turf the game had started, and Towyn was pressing. I had a peep round" before taking in my mental calculation and saw at once that the Towyn Brigade was a much heavier one than Machynlleth. Towyn was robed in scarlet and yellow shirts, one gentleman of Towyn sporting green knicks reminding one of Barnum and Bailey's, but he was a smart player in addition to his smart togs. The game was ragged, there being very little system on either side from what I could see, and speaking quite fairly there was a tendency to roughness on the part of the Towyn string which was very evident now and then, and as for talking, or rather jabbering going on during the game amongst the seasiders -well to put it moderately, it took the cake out of any old cockle-woman in Anglesey, and that's say. ing a lot. It's a wonder the Referee did not put the muzzling order on. Towyn was passing continually, corner after corner being given to them. The outside left was well fed by Davies, and he was a dangerous customer too, some of his runs being very smart. Holt the Dovey side left was well watched by Daniel Daniels. "Kicking in the early part of the game was very shaky indeed, missing several times and once he let the ball pass by, and let the men of blue iu. A warm time followed. The ball was in the hands of the right wing where excellent work was being done. The outcome of it was a goal for Machynlleth, I failed to eee who scored it. Not long after this Daniel had a run down and centred, pop went the ball through, but the Referee ruled off-side. The defence of Towyn was sound, heading by one or two players being noticeable and serviceable. The men in blue once tney got the front string on the hop, were dangerous and should have scored oftener than they did. The captain missed one or two ohances' He played with the ball and hesitated, when the right wing flyers were waiting for it, and before he could pass to right or left the seaside dragoons were on top of him. The defence of Morris and Evans sayed many an ugly onslaught of the Marines." About this time young Edwards made a dashing attempt to get through three Marines, and having placed them nicely in a sitting position on the left nearly scored. Soon after from a scrimmage in front of the Towyn citadel a goal, soft as putty, was put in by Johnnie Edwards who was well fed by his hard-working paitner. Weaver. Things generally looked against the Mariners, and they woke up with a sudden start, and like war-horses down they sped, clearing everything before them, the centre Davies feeding his wings beautifully the little ubiquitous outside left was all there, bang went the ball through with a nice sweep. Having tasted blood, they soon added another. Half-time arrived two goals each. The second half started lively, the seasiders being fairly on the hop, and the talking was now a per- feet Babel of choice classical epithets. Here are one or two with translation: "Shoot.ia Lowsin (Shoot Lewis), I)anvro di Will" (Confound thee William), Bowla fe Ned (Upset his equilibrium Edward), etc. Of good play there was little on either side, loose kicking being the order of the day with little or no system. The football we like to see and have been used to in days gone by is clean passing along the ground with no hesitation, and the chief object being to get the ball forward. Machynlleth got their third goal from a terrific shot of Humphreys the captain, a high shot. nicely judged. This placed the men in blue one ahead, but not for long, for the seasiders put in all they knew and equalised, and not content with that they scored their fourth goal. From now on the best part of the game was to be seen, every man strain- ins: every inch of muscle to its utmost tension. The Machynlleth custodian who bears the formidable name of Ffoullce, although not quite sc bulky as our friend of Sh. flv-d, stopped several stingers and acquitted himeelf be- tween the sticks right gallantly. Up and down he poor leather was hunted, and after much hard work the fourth goal was notched amidst great, cheering From now to the end Machynlleth was continually pressing and should have scored twice. On the day's play the score-four each-just about re- presents the strength of the teams. If anything Machynlleth was the better team, and if their combination in the front rank and their shooting had been better Towyn would not have been in it. The Machynlleth goalkeeper was smarter than his friend the other side of the globe. Towards the end the gamw was getting rougher—players ex- hibiting their agility in "somersaults" much too frequently to be nice. A noisy game, pleasantly played on the whole, and one which should do both teams a lot of good. The weak part of Machynlleth was the inside left, who is not used to the place. One of, if not the best man on the field, was Willie Evans, the left half-back, who worked hard all through. I should mention in winding up that the play of the Machynlieth captain during the se ond half was superb, that last goal of his being a real beauty. The backs are to be blamed greatly for coming so far up the field during the first half, and enabling their opponents to score. Will the captain please convey these gentle hints" to his backs, both of whom are rattling men.
XIL ASSOCIATION COUPON. _RV| (TO BE DETACHED). OWL K 0 V E M B E It T R E 24TH, 1898. -5 QQ CLUB G I CLUB G 1 Walsall Reserve I I Welshpool .-r- 2 Chirk I I Druids I 3 Everton I I Rhyl I 4 Chester I I Buxton I Name Address
THE WELSH JUNIOR CUP. DOLGELLEY v. SHREWSBURY BARRACK ROVERS. Played at Shrewsbury on Saturday before a small gate. Djlgelley played a grand game and completely out-classed their opponents. In the first half the visitors forced the play, the Barracks men being kept on the defensive, and at the interval Dolgelley were leading, by two goals to none. On changing ends the home team made strenuous efforts to make up the lost ground, but notwi hatanding their plucky play they were unable to notch a point. Dolgelley had hard lines in front of goal and were only able to register two addi- tional goals, and a well-contested game resulted as follows:-Dolgelley 4 goals, Barrack Rovers nil. Teams :-Do] gelley Goal, R Evans; backs, G E Williams and John Williams; half-backs, R L Roberts, H Parry, and Clarke; forwards, R Wil- lia.ms, R Pritchard, E A Williams, it Richards and W T Jones. Barrack Rovers: Goal, Gaiger; backs, Pugh and Corbett; half-backs, Growcott, Astley, and Newns; forwards, Jones, Kayes, Yates, Whelan and Davies.
+ CORRIS. The School Board has decided to carry out some additions to Tynyberth Board School. A cloak- room, &c., will he added. The plans are prepared by Mr R. P. Morgan, Towyn.
ABERDOVEY. A NEW OFFICE.—Messrs Evans and Gillart, solicitors, Machynlleth and Towyn, have opened a branch office at Glandovey terrace. TEMPERANCE.—Mr John Lumley presided over the temperance meeting, held on Sunday evening Mr Ellis Pughe (Talfardd), a local exponent of the temperance cause, delivered a excellent address, being followed by the Rev Owen Jones, Dolwyd- delen, who ministered at the Methodist Chapel. SHIPPING.-The "Telephone" arrived here on Sunday; the Sara.h Davies" reached the Wharf at the end of the week from Milford and the "Jacinth" on Monday with omenc for the Bir- mingham Waterworks. WESCEYAN CHAPEL.—On Monday evening the Rev Henry Hughes, superintendent of the circuit addressed a good attendance on the Wesleyan Missionary Society. Collectors have been appointed to collect subscriptions towards the Society. The Bible Class, of which the Rev Tudno Davies is the teacher, is well attended. ST. PETER'S CHURCH. Prayer meetings in English and Welsh are held on alternate weeks at the Parish Church. Great interest is taken in the Band of Hope, which is under the superintendence of Mr E. Davies and Mr G Baines, assisted by the Rev S. Evans, curate. The Vicar has delivered some appropriate addresses to the children and all Sunday School teachers are to address them. A member of the Band of Hope, Iorwerth Jones, the eight-year-old son of Dr Jones, Isle of Man, who stayed with his grandmother, Mrs Ellis Roberts, at Glandwr Villas, has just died. The little boy evinced the greatest interest in the Band of Hope. The Vicar on Sunday evening took for his text a verse which the little boy had written in his note book, and one of the boys in the choir sang his favourite hymn as a solo.
Y GOLOFN GYMREIG. Y GAUAF. Oer ddrycinog hin a ddaw, Tra'r gatiaf a arhosa, Gwyntoedd nerthol gyda gwlaw, Ac eira at ein drysa' Rhew i glei y ddaear fydd, Mae hwnw i bob pwrpas, Puro'r ddaear wna bob dydd- Ma rheol Duw yn addas. Cwympa'r dail oddiar y coed, Bu rheiny yn wvrdd-leision, Dyna'r hanes er erioed- Mai marw wna prvdferthion Bu'r fronfrath () dw)'u i dwyu, Mown swynion yn ein synu, Ac adar lu oddeutu'n fwyn Yn awr, maent wedi tewi. Bu v wenol ar ei thro, Ynghyd a'r gwcw Iwydlas, A'u sain g&rj yn lan i'm en' Yn swvnol ac yn yvnas Tewi wnaeth yr ad*.< ma-; A myned i'w llocnesii, Tan ddaw y gwan" yu ;â!l Yn bafaidd i gynesu. GWILYM O'R BRYN.
PENNILLION Ar briodas Mr R. LI. Lewis, Poithgwvn, a Miss Annie Jones, Maengw\ n st.reer. T.iwy i. Mae llanciau a'r Jl&naesuu yn yrnrysoa, l'r fodrwy biiodasol maent v n ffyodlois, Mae dyffryn bardd Dysymn f1 yn Riasu, A'r blodau yn y gauaf yn croesawu Y priodasau mynych yn v dyffryn, 0 Graig Aderyn i waelodion I'owy'n, Ac yn eu plith daeth tall a god Lewis I wneuthur brys tra 'rydoeud He i ddowit Yn Tigliadw(-.n sf-r(-h f(- )., I Gan Annie dlos 'roodd sv. g v. ;i; Fel ryrilaeli Nln ei Nid y dy w pellder fford-t in d >•), j Er rhwysg Caerlndd y d fa v, 01 'Roedd Towyn gyda L»«k :,thi'<. t\v. v-v Y ddau yn un a unwyd ar en gvrfa, Yn wr a gwraig ar fyni»v-~ III „ a>ig< ;ni Hir oes fo iddynt a dedwyddweh taw. r Ni unwyd dau hawddg it-n.ch yiu, Un Er gwell er gwaeth erioed ) gv u rn^y.al Dan bwysau'r byd a'i eWtm a], Pan fyddo dau'n cydweithio gyda'u trilvdd M^wn gwait.h y cesglir ,e .1, dd, Mae ffi ydiau trloewou y • d-I rdi, Drwy'r oesau ar y fo(i. tv r.i ( YFAILL — ♦
PENSIUloN Ar Briodas Mr William Robi-i in, t'antr. f Hous. 4 Miss Griffith, Braichyrhenllysg, Bryncr ig. Yn ardal dlos Bryncrug canfy dodd Willie Ar lethr bryn y Fanon ha.wcldgar Mary, A'i gruddiau fel y rhos vn JlawD drhndeb A chariad lon'd ei chalon m'wn diwglpirdeb, Y llanc a dd'rysodJ yn ei chwmni hylon, Nid oedd i'w wneyd end into y ddwy ga'lon. Mewn glan briodas yn moreuddydd bywyd, Er gwell er gwaeth a'r fodrwy fe'i J(ur..edd wyd, Wrth uno Willlie gyda Gwen 1 vgadlori, Hawdd ydoedd canfod cariad da.n ei goron Yn gvvasgu ei belydrau ar fodrwy Yr arwydd euraidd roddir wrth briodi. Yr arwydd sydd mor hen a'r fceulu dynol Fel gwenau haf i loui y dyfodol, Mewn cartref clyd sy'n cadw i fynu'r urddas by n ddigon gwyn i gariad wueyd ei balas. Boed Braichyrhenllysg gyda'i gysylliadau, Yn cadw n fyw nodweddion hael y tadau, Mewn urddas cymdeithasol dynfl rodda Anrhydedd ar y ddau wrth ddechreu'i gyrfa, Boed glendid serch a'i ffrydiau fel yr afon, Yn lienwi eu preswyIfod"i'w ymylori Ac yua fe gydweithia llaw Rhag'luuiaeth, Yn llwyddiant eu priodas mewlI gvvi-csanaeth CYFAILL.
— ♦ —. (J O it ti ES H U /) A, ( /i, POOR LOCALITIES AND THE POST OFFICE. To the Editor. Sir,- Your notes on the preset arrnn«em-nt* and concessions of the Post Office deserve ..otkv. Though there has been some prcgr.'ss in the Department of late years, much yet, remains to be accomplished, and no doubt will be accomplished in course of time. As you said last week, public opinion naturally goes against the present Depart- mental system, by which each loc-alitv must pav its OWl" way. That principle has kept, poor localities in the background. That principle must be doneaway with. Every lucality should have in addition to its letter post, its Savings Bank, Money Order Office, and Telegraph Office. Every postman should be allowed to carry a certain number of eounterfoiI postal orders, and a number of stamps besides ordinary penny and halfpenny stamp?. It would also facilitate the work of the Post Oiffce Officer* if the Government would purchase the whole of the district post offices and eub-offices of the United Kingdom. Under the present system the Post Office is often bound to play into the hands of the postmaster who may be an autocrat. In some cases there has been a failure to secure houses for Post Office purposes, while in others, the offices are situated in the centre of nowhere, where nobody except the residents are able to find them. This should not be the Post Office should be central, and as conspicnons as the village tavern. Rural postmen should also be better paid. Fourpence per hour is not a gor)d wage in consideration of the ditbance they have to walk, the weather they face, the weight they have to carry, and the care they have to give. Out of their wage they must find most of their footgear. If they have to give away their whole day to perform six hours' work they are only paid for the honrs of work done, and receive no compensation for the remaining fouror six hours'. Ruial postmen should get sixpence per hour, by all means; with an allotment of land and a house to live in at resonable rent (say 2 per cent. on purchase money). Those who have to walk more than sixteen miles per day should have sufficient land to keep a pony. A pony would facilitate prompt delivery at every remote house. It, is well known that the army disposes yearly to knacker dealers of hundreds of horses that would come in (useful for rural postmen. My prognostication is that the Imperial penny postage will shortly become International penny postage.—Yours &o. HTDERUS.